Thursday

Scripture Reading:
John 6:63; Heb. 1:1-2; Acts 6:7

“For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12)
and there i will let you hear my words

Everyone who is willing and goes down to the Potter's house will hear the words of the Lord. This shows us a very important principle: in order to hear the Lord's words, we firstly need to be willing; then we need to go down to the Potter's house and stay there in order to hear the word of God. On one hand, all the children of God who live in fellowship with Him know that He speaks to us wherever we are. On the other hand, we cannot ignore the fact that there is a specific divine speaking that we can only hear in the Potter's house. This is why the Lord Jesus told Jeremiah to rise up and go to the potter's house; because there he would hear His words.

The words of the Lord are very important because they are spirit and life (John 6:63). Those who have already arisen and gone down to the Potter's house, the church, can testify of the abundance of the word they find there. Consequently, it is easy to prove that the word of God is abundant when we are in the house of the Potter. The words spoken in the house of God are spirit and life. God carries out His work when His word is spoken. Because of this, the Potter's house is characterized by God's speaking. It is through His speaking that the vessels are being molded. When there is no divine speaking, the vessels remain as they are and run the risk of becoming hard and breaking, thus becoming useless. How we need to love and seek the Lord's speaking! The Lord will bring all whose hearts are seeking Him to His house and in the house, they will hear His speaking. Many people are seeking the rich speaking of the Lord, but all they find are superficial words which are like dry grass – they take up space, but they do not nourish. We thank the Lord that by His great mercy He brought us to the church. Here there is green pasture, fresh water and we never lack a supply. We want more sheep from God's flock to come out of their folds and come to enjoy the abundance in the house of the Potter.

God's purpose in speaking His word is to make us useful vessels in His house. There are so many riches in every meeting of the church! If we miss a meeting, we miss the words of life. If we do not value the speaking we hear, exercising our ears and our heart to listen to it closely, we will lose the opportunity of being fed and sanctified by God's word.

When we open our whole being to receive the divine speaking, the Lord's words enter into us and accomplish His work within us. The word of God is "living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Heb. 4:12). The words of God are living, therefore, we cannot undervalue them. God simply spoke when He did His work of creation. "For He spoke and it was; He commanded, and it stood" (Psa. 33:9).

The Lord's speaking always produces something. In the Old Testament God spoke to the fathers through the prophets; in the New Testament He speaks in the Son (Heb. 1:1-2). When we read the four gospels, we see that God simply speaks through His Son. After His death and resurrection, Jesus became the life-giving Spirit, and in the night of His resurrection, He appeared to His disciples, breathed into them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22). The disciples lived with Jesus for nearly three and a half years, but now they were receiving Him into them. Satan always tried and tries to hinder God's speaking from reaching men. Nevertheless, Christ consummated God's work on the cross. He died, resurrected, ascended to the heavens and became the life-giving Spirit. This is why He was able to appear and disappear to the disciples when they were behind closed doors and was also able to breathe the Spirit into them. From then on it was the very Lord Jesus who would speak from within the disciples as the Spirit who gives life.

On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit reached thousands of people who believed in the words of the disciples and thus the church came into being. Through the church God's speaking was intensified and the word of God grew and multiplied (Acts 6:7). Satan may be able to shut the mouth of one son of God, but it is impossible to shut the mouth of the church. Furthermore, with the invention of the printing press, God's speaking goes beyond man's human limitations. The Bible and other books about the Bible cross the barriers of time and space. No one has ever been able to stop the divine speaking from conquering people. When the word of God is spoken, God's work begins to be carried out in each one of us. Therefore, it is fundamental that we constantly be listening to the divine speaking, either in personal fellowship with the Lord, in fellowship with the saints, or in the meetings of the church. In short, we must be very desirous to hear the speaking of our God everywhere and all the time.

The daily experience of each one of us proves how sweet it is to have fellowship alone with the Lord and how much we need to increase our times of enjoyment with Him. We may have such times anywhere because the Lord is always with us. However, we have to admit that the enjoyment of this lovely experience cannot be compared to what we enjoy in the church meetings. Our own experience causes us to understand why in Deuteronomy the Lord insisted on having one unique place of worship. When the children of Israel entered into the good land, they had to seek the unique place the Lord would choose to put His name there. That was the place to which they were to bring their offerings and the firstfruits of their harvests and flocks. The place was Jerusalem, where the twelve tribes of Israel had to go up three times a year to worship God. We know that the city of Jerusalem typifies the church in the New Testament because the principle of the first place of worship is unchangeable; it is the testimony of the ground of the oneness of God's people.

No doubt, it is in the church meetings that we enjoy the best portion of the word of God. The word is the Lord Himself and is typified by the land of Canaan. In Deuteronomy 8 the Lord told Moses that the promised land that the people of Israel would enter into and dwell in was a very good land, flowing with milk and honey. In it there were streams, springs and fountains; there were wheat, barley, pomegranates, vines, olive and fig trees; and in the mountains there were copper and iron. This land was filled with unsearchable riches which were fully available to be enjoyed by God's people, who are a type of the church. God dispenses all these riches through His word, His divine speaking, which is so abundant in the church meetings.

Key Point:
The Lord’s speaking
Question:
How does the Lord speak to His people?